Wednesday, September 1, 2021

#IWSG: what is success?

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Each month there is an optional question posted. Folks can answer it or not. For me it hit home big time, so I'll be answering it ;)


How do you define success as a writer?

 

Such a loaded question and so many answers from different writers. 

When I first started writing, waaaaay back in the olden days, when slate tablets and sharp sticks were used, I wanted to finish a darn book. That would be my success.

I remember the first time I typed out something that I was making up--I was 13 ;)--but that page was like the books I read!  I was raised a serious book junkie and our family went to get piles of books each month from the library. So, making something, even just a page, that was like those books was amazing!

As I moved forward, setting aside my writing for long periods of life, I still had the "I want to finish a book" as my goal to measure writing success.

Things have changed, many books finished, that first book (not connected to that page when I was 13) was never finished, but many others were.

As I struggled my way through looking for an agent, then finally deciding I was tired of too many, "I love it--but...(I can't sell humorous fantasy, I have too many kickass women space opera books, etc) I went Indie. 

Getting my worlds and books out there, where other people might actually enjoy them, became my goal. Having total strangers contact me to say my books helped them escape reality for a bit, that they laughed out loud, or held their breath, while reading became my measure of success.

Book eighteen just came out a few days ago. And yesterday I received a message from a total stranger saying they loved one of my series, that I'd helped get them back to their love of reading.

Getting more books out there and having total strangers enjoy them, is my mark of success.

What's your goal? Has it changed?


Happy IWSG day!


10 comments:

  1. I still have every email I've ever gotten from someone saying they enjoyed my books. It's a nice measure of success when all you want to do it give someone a break from reality.

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  2. Actually, I would have defined success as getting published when I started writing. Now my goal is to make progress, improve as a writer, and finish my manuscript.

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  3. Good for you for chasing your childhood dream! I wonder how many of us had that same dream at a young age. I certainly did. And isn't it all about the magic of telling the story?

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    1. Thank you! It took a while, but it feels great :).

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  4. Congratulations on publishing your 18th book. Aren't fan comments the best?!?!

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    1. Thank you! They really are. As a reader I never knew the impact they make- that are game changing!

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  5. Congratulations on your stack of publications! I think my idea of success in writing is constantly morphing.

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    1. Thank you! I think as we grow we change what success is :).

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